Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova’s working visit to Kyiv on April 22, 2014 was accomplished at the invitation of Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deschytsia.
During the visit Irina Bokova had the meetings with Prime-Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia and the Head of Ukraine’s National Commission for UNESCO, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivsky. The parties discussed the present state and prospects of Ukraine-UNESCO cooperation paying special attention to this international Organization’s major programs, priority directions as well as new challenges and threats, that have, in particular, appeared as a result of Crimea annexation by the Russian Federation.
Special attention during the negotiations has been concentrated on ways of building up the concept of Ukraine-UNESCO joint actions aimed at conserving and protecting the Ukrainian cultural, natural and scientific heritage situated in Crimea that has been occupied by the Russian Federation. There have also been discussed the issues of how to provide the guaranties for stable functioning of the Crimean educational and research institutions as well as proper implementing of the main provisions of UNESCO’s Resolution on the Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (of April 15, 2014).
A range of important talks has been conducted by Director General of UNESCO at the National Academy of Sciences. There Irina Bokova has met the President of this highest Ukrainian state scientific organization, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Borys Paton, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevgen Nyschuk and President of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka.
During the formal meeting at the Presidium of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Irina Bokova was awarded Ukraine’s NAS silver medal for her contribution into science development.
Within the program of her visit to Ukraine Irina Bokova has also taken part in the ceremony of jubilee stamp cancellation. The stamp was specially produced on the occasion of Ukraine’s 60-year membership in UNESCO.